HC Deb 11 August 1919 vol 119 cc911-2W
Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Under-Secretary of State to the Air Ministry what was the numerical strength of the Women's Royal Air Force, officers and other ranks, respectively, on the 1st January, 1st July, and 1st August, 1919; what steps are being taken to demobilise the remainder of the officers and other ranks; and what is to be the future of this force?

Major-General SEELY

The numerical strength of the Women's Royal Air Force at the dates mentioned by my hon. and gallant Friend was as follows:

Officers. Other Ranks.
1st January, 1919 545 24,911
1st July, 1919 434 18,282
1st August, 1919 407 15,700
The force is being demobilised as quickly as circumstances will permit, with the object of reducing the numbers to about 3,200, at which figure it is intended the post-war strength of the force shall be fixed. It has already been stated to the House, in answer to a question put by the hon. and gallant Member for the Fylde Division of Lancashire on the 3rd July, that it is not intended to disband this force.